Abstract

For what is believed to be the first time, a single-longitudinal-mode passively Q-switched Nd:YAG microlaser is used to pump a narrow-bandwidth periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) optical parametric generator–optical parametric amplifier (OPG–OPA). Before amplification in the OPA, the output of the OPG stage was spectrally filtered with an air-spaced etalon, resulting in spectroscopically useful radiation (bandwidth, 0.05 cm-1 FWHM) that was tunable in 15cm-1 segments anywhere in the signal range 68206220 cm-1 and the idler range 25803180 cm-1. The ability to pump an OPG–OPA with compact, high-repetition-rate, intrinsically narrow-bandwidth microlasers is made possible by the high gain of PPLN. The result is a tunable light source that is well suited for use in portable spectroscopic gas sensors.

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1999 (1)

K. W. Aniolek, P. E. Powers, T. J. Kulp, B. A. Richman, and S. E. Bisson, Chem. Phys. Lett. 302, 555 (1999).

1998 (2)

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Tsunekane, N. Taguchi, T. Kasamatsu, and H. Inaba, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 9 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1992 (1)

Aniolek, K. W.

K. W. Aniolek, P. E. Powers, T. J. Kulp, B. A. Richman, and S. E. Bisson, Chem. Phys. Lett. 302, 555 (1999).

P. E. Powers, K. W. Aniolek, T. J. Kulp, B. A. Richman, and S. E. Bisson, Opt. Lett. 23, 1886 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Bäder, U.

U. Bäder, J.-P. Meyn, J. Bartschke, T. Weber, A. Borsutzky, R. Wallenstein, R. G. Batchko, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper CThB4.

Bartschke, J.

U. Bäder, J.-P. Meyn, J. Bartschke, T. Weber, A. Borsutzky, R. Wallenstein, R. G. Batchko, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper CThB4.

Batchko, R. G.

U. Bäder, J.-P. Meyn, J. Bartschke, T. Weber, A. Borsutzky, R. Wallenstein, R. G. Batchko, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper CThB4.

Bisson, S. E.

K. W. Aniolek, P. E. Powers, T. J. Kulp, B. A. Richman, and S. E. Bisson, Chem. Phys. Lett. 302, 555 (1999).

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Byer, R. L.

U. Bäder, J.-P. Meyn, J. Bartschke, T. Weber, A. Borsutzky, R. Wallenstein, R. G. Batchko, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper CThB4.

Dill, C.

Fejer, M. M.

U. Bäder, J.-P. Meyn, J. Bartschke, T. Weber, A. Borsutzky, R. Wallenstein, R. G. Batchko, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper CThB4.

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K. W. Aniolek, P. E. Powers, T. J. Kulp, B. A. Richman, and S. E. Bisson, Chem. Phys. Lett. 302, 555 (1999).

P. E. Powers, K. W. Aniolek, T. J. Kulp, B. A. Richman, and S. E. Bisson, Opt. Lett. 23, 1886 (1998).
[CrossRef]

MacDonald, M.

R. Weber, B. Neuenschwander, M. MacDonald, M. Roos, and H. Weber, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1046 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Meyn, J.-P.

U. Bäder, J.-P. Meyn, J. Bartschke, T. Weber, A. Borsutzky, R. Wallenstein, R. G. Batchko, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper CThB4.

Neuenschwander, B.

R. Weber, B. Neuenschwander, M. MacDonald, M. Roos, and H. Weber, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1046 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Powers, P. E.

K. W. Aniolek, P. E. Powers, T. J. Kulp, B. A. Richman, and S. E. Bisson, Chem. Phys. Lett. 302, 555 (1999).

P. E. Powers, K. W. Aniolek, T. J. Kulp, B. A. Richman, and S. E. Bisson, Opt. Lett. 23, 1886 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Richman, B. A.

K. W. Aniolek, P. E. Powers, T. J. Kulp, B. A. Richman, and S. E. Bisson, Chem. Phys. Lett. 302, 555 (1999).

P. E. Powers, K. W. Aniolek, T. J. Kulp, B. A. Richman, and S. E. Bisson, Opt. Lett. 23, 1886 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Roos, M.

R. Weber, B. Neuenschwander, M. MacDonald, M. Roos, and H. Weber, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1046 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Taguchi, N.

M. Tsunekane, N. Taguchi, T. Kasamatsu, and H. Inaba, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 9 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Tsunekane, M.

M. Tsunekane, N. Taguchi, T. Kasamatsu, and H. Inaba, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 9 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Wallenstein, R.

U. Bäder, J.-P. Meyn, J. Bartschke, T. Weber, A. Borsutzky, R. Wallenstein, R. G. Batchko, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper CThB4.

Weber, H.

R. Weber, B. Neuenschwander, M. MacDonald, M. Roos, and H. Weber, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1046 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Weber, R.

R. Weber, B. Neuenschwander, M. MacDonald, M. Roos, and H. Weber, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1046 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Weber, T.

U. Bäder, J.-P. Meyn, J. Bartschke, T. Weber, A. Borsutzky, R. Wallenstein, R. G. Batchko, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper CThB4.

Zayhowski, J. J.

Chem. Phys. Lett. (1)

K. W. Aniolek, P. E. Powers, T. J. Kulp, B. A. Richman, and S. E. Bisson, Chem. Phys. Lett. 302, 555 (1999).

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

R. Weber, B. Neuenschwander, M. MacDonald, M. Roos, and H. Weber, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1046 (1998).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (1)

M. Tsunekane, N. Taguchi, T. Kasamatsu, and H. Inaba, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 9 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (3)

Other (2)

U. Bäder, J.-P. Meyn, J. Bartschke, T. Weber, A. Borsutzky, R. Wallenstein, R. G. Batchko, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper CThB4.

The monolithic microlaser was fabricated by Onyx Optics, Dublin, California.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Passively Q-switched Nd:YAG microlaser. Depositing mirror coatings directly on the end faces forms a monolithic resonator. The laser is end pumped by a fiber-coupled diode laser.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Experimental arrangement: D1–D6, dichroic mirrors; HWP’s, half-wave plates; PBS, polarizing beam splitter; FP, Fabry–Perot etalon.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Measurement of the laser bandwidth: the experimentally obtained water-vapor transition was best modeled by the convolution of the theoretical spectrum with an etalon transmission function with a bandwidth (FWHM) of 0.05 cm-1.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Demonstration of frequency tunability: the 350 cm-1 cavity ringdown spectrum was obtained by combination of 27 smaller continuous scans, each with a unique PPLN poling period and temperature.

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